Mary-Frances O’Connor

In this accessible, heartfelt book, neuroscientist and grief expert Mary-Frances O’Connor examines how loss affects the brain–and how, ultimately, many people adapt (though some do not). She explains that facing a loss is a learning process: the brain encodes love so a person we love becomes a part of us, and learning to live without the subject of that love requires rewiring of the brain to understand life without that person in it. This is often a slow process, and one that requires support from others. Ultimately, The Grieving Brain shares lessons that may help people experiencing loss bear it with better understanding.